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Phils Acquire C Koyie Hill

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, March 17, 2014 05:33 PM Comments: 6

http://cdn.sportsoverdose.com/thumbs/koyie-hill-55-mlb.jpgAccording to Washington Nationals’ beat writer William Ladson, the Phillies have acquired catcher Koyie Hill from the Washington Nationals for a player to be named later or cash. Hill has spent parts of ten seasons in the Major Leagues, making his MLB debut with the Dodgers in 2003 and spending time with the Diamondbacks, the Cubs, and Marlins. Hill is a career .206/.266/.287 hitter with 8 HR in 1027 PA and is anticipated to take the place of the recently-released Lou Marson as the veteran back-up catcher in Lehigh Valley with Cameron Rupp serving as the expected starter.


Report: Schmidt Recovering From Battle with Advanced Skin Cancer

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, March 16, 2014 03:54 PM Comments: 16

According to an Associated Press report released today, legendary third baseman Mike Schmidt has been battling stage 3 melanoma, going through two operations, radiation and chemotherapy. The illness is what kept Schmidt out of Phillies camp as an instructor for the first time in 12 years.

According to the report, Schmidt got a  ”‘crusty little thing’ on his hand checked out in August,” and a doctor found a mole on his back. The report also documented the following:

Along the way, his voice became raspy, he lost his taste buds and he had trouble concentrating. He said he also had surgery to remove 35 lymph nodes, wound up with an 8-inch scar and endured episodes of chills and restless leg syndrome.

The report states that Schmidt is “recovering”. All of us at Phillies Nation wish Schmidt the best. Schmidt will broadcast all 13 home Sunday games on Comcast SportsNet in 2014 for the Phillies.


Phillies Move 7 to Minor League Camp, Release Marson

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Fri, March 14, 2014 01:32 PM Comments: 13

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/images/headshot_46384.jpgPer Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies have moved seven Phillies’ players to minor league camp, optioning catcher Tommy Joseph, LHP Jeremy Horst, and outfielders Zach Collier and Tyson Gillies while re-assigning LHP Cesar Jimenez, RHP Ken Giles, and shortstop Andres Blanco. Additionally, the Phillies have released catcher Lou Marson and Sebastian Valle has been re-added to Major League camp even though he is no longer a member of the 40-man roster.


Rollins Back in Starting Lineup

Posted by Ryan Gerstel, Fri, March 14, 2014 11:03 AM Comments: 4

http://l.yimg.com/bt/api/res/1.2/1x17gzh1GiBU3l.CRO1U_Q--/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7cT04NTt3PTYwMA--/http://media.zenfs.com/en/person/Ysports/jimmy-rollins-baseball-headshot-photo.jpgJimmy Rollins will be back in the starting lineup today batting second for the first time since Monday’s game against the Braves.

It was initially thought that Ryne Sandberg was benching Rollins in order to “send a message,” but it turns out it was not disciplinary and was just so Sandberg could get an extended look at the younger Freddy Galvis.

However, Sandberg was upset at Rollins for some comments that he made to the Philadelphia Daily News regarding the Phillies offensive struggles thus far.

“Who Cares,” Rollins said, and then expanded on that by saying Spring Training statistics are not telling of what will happen once the regular season begins.

“I just wanted him to clarify that, because I wanted to make sure that he cared. And I wanted to make sure  – I know that everyone else in the locker room cared. So when he told me about what he was talking about, it made sense…He was referencing himself and where he’s at right now,” said Sandberg

This is not the first time Rollins has attracted media attention for things that he said.

In 2007, Rollins got attention for his comments stating that the Phillies were “the team to beat” in the NL East. Those comments stuck throughout the season and seemed to fuel the Phillies’ quest to claim the division crown.

2013 was Rollins’ worst season of his career, hitting .252 with 6 home runs, 39 RBIs and a career .667 OPS.

Todd Zolecki reported that Rollins is not worried that the Phillies will try to have him share time at shortstop with Galvis over the course of the regular season.

“That hasn’t even crossed my mind,” said Rollins.

“(Rollins is) an important part of the team. He’s got his role on the team as a veteran player, and he comes into Spring Training in very good shape every year, and he has again this year. He’s got his playing time and at-bats coming up. It’s also a long season playing up the middle, so with him and Chase, I’m careful with their games. I know the grind of a season, and Jimmy plays over 150 games a year. It’s the time of the spring right now where he’ll have some time down the stretch,” said Sandberg.

Despite Sandberg’s comments saying that he benched Rollins to get more of a look at Galvis and to give Rollins a break, it would not be surprising if Rollins’ “who cares?” comment played a slight role in his benching. That being said, It’s good to see that Sandberg is willing to put his foot down when he sees the need to.



PN Interview: Curt Simmons

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Wed, March 12, 2014 08:00 AM Comments: 6

Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting with legendary Phillies’ left-handed pitcher Curt Simmons. I met with Simmons, a native of Egypt, PA, at his home and discussed, at length, the 1950 Whiz Kids, his roots in the Lehigh Valley, and the Phillies Nation Top 100 countdown.

The full-length interview will air on an upcoming television program by FireRock Productions, a multiple-time Emmy and ADDY-winning production company in the Lehigh Valley. Some of the excerpts below, and much more, will appear in a project Pat Gallen and I are working on.

We do not want to give the whole interview away, as we shot a ton of footage with Mr. Simmons, but I thought it would be neat to share some of Simmons’ thoughts on some of his teammates he played with that also made the Phillies Nation Top 100. For those keeping track at home, Simmons ranked #17 on our countdown.

You will want to stay tuned for the full interview where Simmons and I talk about what it was like to play for Babe Ruth against a team managed by Ty Cobb, having to leave the Phillies in September 1950, and what it was like to be on the Cardinals in 1964, chasing down the Phillies just a few years after the Phillies cut him loose.

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Garcia, Stutes Optioned

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sat, March 08, 2014 09:39 AM Comments: 5

Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly reports that RHPs Luis Garcia and Michael Stutes have been optioned. Optioning Garcia and Stutes starts to clear up the bullpen picture, a bit. Garcia has appeared in only two Spring games but has given up three earned in two innings pitched. Stutes has been topping out at only 88 MPH during the Spring, allowing seven earned in three outings. Chris Branch asked Stutes if the shoulder that is troubling is healthy to which he replied “I’ll pass on that one.” Branch says Stutes will be working on keeping the ball down in minor league camp.

Some other reassignments also occurred but did not require options. Non-roster invitees OF Leandro Castro and C Sebastian Valle have been reassigned to minor league camp while 40-man roster invites OF Aaron Altherr and Kelly Dugan have been sent to minor league camp as well. There are currently 36 40-man roster players in camp and 16 non-roster invitees in camp fighting for 25 Phillies’ roster spots.

Additionally, the Phillies have released minor league infielder Jairo Cardozo per Baseball America’s Matt Eddy. The Venezuelan-native Cardozo, 20, hit just .196/.267/.228 with just two extra base hits for Short-Season Williamsport in 32 games played across three positions in the infield.


Phillies Player Review: Jake Diekman

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Mon, September 30, 2013 06:00 AM Comments: 12

Diekman was one of few bright spots for the Phillies’ 2013 bullpen.

The Phillies wrapped up their 2013 season yesterday, finishing 27th in bullpen ERA, 28th in FIP (defined here), 28th in xFIP (defined here), and 29th in BB/9 IP. To say the bullpen was brutal would be an understatement. The 2013 Phils used 51 players, 21 of which were relievers.


To add insult to injury, the arms the Phillies had hoped to develop in 2013, including Phillippe Aumont, Michael Stutes, and J.C. Ramirez to name a few, spun out. Well, except for Jake Diekman.

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Lee to Retire After 2016, Kendrick Back for 2014

Posted by Ian Riccaboni, Sun, September 29, 2013 09:53 AM Comments: 16

Some interesting notes flying around early this morning. First, Matt Gelb is reporting that Cliff Lee believes he will retire after the 2016 season. Lee is signed through the 2015 season with the Phillies, with a club option for 2016.

I’m financially able to shut it down, so… that’s how I feel right now,” Lee says. “But when the time comes I might look at it differently.”

Second, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com quoted Ruben Amaro Jr. saying the Phillies will tender Kyle Kendrick a contract for 2014. After a very strong start to 2013 (3.68 ERA in 124 first-half IP, .256 BAA), the wheels came off for Kendrick through the second half of 2013 (6.91 ERA in 57.1 second-half IP, .321 BAA). This means the Phillies likely have four out of five rotation spots filled for 2014 between Cole Hamels, Lee, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, and Kendrick.

Finally, there is mutual interest in Chooch returning to the Phillies in 2014. Zolecki suggests Chooch would like to return but may test the open market if a deal isn’t completed by the World Series.


Ruf Playing as Though His Job is on the Line

Posted by Jay Floyd, Sat, September 28, 2013 08:00 AM Comments: 27


Darin Ruf, image- Jay Floyd

Despite posting solid numbers in the big leagues whenever he’s been given the chance,  outfielder/first baseman Darin Ruf‘s future with the Phillies isn’t very clear.

The 27-year-old slugger entered action on Friday sporting a .254 batting average with 14 home runs and 30 RBI in 71 games in the majors this year.

Ruf has continued to put in plenty of work after mashing 41 homers last year, including a team record 38 with Double-A Reading and an additional three in the major leagues after a September call up.  He began this year at the Triple-A level, which gave the Creighton University product a chance to work on his defense in the outfield.

Even after proving he can be a productive offensive contributor and showing his defensive versatility, Ruf’s spot in the Phils’ lineup may not be locked in for next season.  The rookie feels like his best approach is to continue playing as though he’s fighting for a job and looks forward to a chance to continue donning red pinstripes in the future and helping the Phillies win.

“I don’t think you ever want to think your spot in the majors is solidified because there’s a lot of things that can go wrong,” Ruf said on the latest edition of the PhoulBallz Podcast.  ” Injuries, things like that and, obviously, you have to prepare to perform well every single day too and that’s not a guarantee as well, but, you know, I just hope for the opportunity to come into spring training next year to fight for a position and, you know, definitely prepare as though that’s going to happen.  Hopefully, I’ll be a part of the plans for next year and, hopefully, next year we can turn this thing around a little bit.” Continue reading Ruf Playing as Though His Job is on the Line


Braves Easily Defeat Phillies

Posted by Ryan Dinger, Thu, September 26, 2013 10:27 PM Comments: 15

Hamels has been a victim of poor run support all season. (Photo: AP)

Tyler Cloyd didn’t give the Phils much of a chance tonight. (Photo: AP)

The 2013 season is winding down, and the Phillies look like they’re already playing golf.

Behind a downright awful effort from Tyler Cloyd, and an absentee offense, the Braves easily defeated the Phillies tonight 7-1 in a game where they never really seemed interested in being there.


- It was Tyler Cloyd, so there’s no way tonight’s result is surprising. Things got ugly early for the middling right-hander, as Jason Heyward took Cloyd deep to lead off the ballgame. It was a fitting start, as Heyward would lead the Braves all night, going 5-for-5 with four extra base hits. Atlanta would tack on four more runs in the first, Cloyd basically pitching BP to the Braves lineup. It would take him forty pitches to retire the nine hitters he faced in the inning, and nothing was easy.

- With the Phillies bullpen scheduled for a lot of work this weekend, Cloyd the Void would head back out for the second. Continuing his horrid start, he allowed two more runs before recording an out. With the score 7-1 in favor of the Braves, Sandberg would mercifully lift the once heralded Iron Pig. This could very well be the last time we see him in a Phillies uniform–or in the big leagues, period–and what a way for the Cloydster to go.
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